I-90: Safer for you and wildlife

I-90: Safer for you and wildlife

Conservation Northwest / Oct 22, 2015 / Connecting Habitat, I-90 Wildlife

Photo: WSDOT. Elk at roadside
By Julia Spencer, Membership Manager

Conservation Northwest’s I-90 Wildlife Corridor Campaign is a great example of a program benefiting both people and wildlife. It’s a win-win solution to make I-90 safer for all of us.

We all have somewhere we need to get to, and by advocating for wildlife crossings we’re making sure that both motorists and animals such as elk, bears, wolves and wolverines can safely get to where they’re going around Snoqualmie Pass!

All of our programs aim to provide solutions to problems facing wildlife and people, and to make our region safer and healthier for both.

Abundant wildlife, protected wildlands and healthy communities, it all adds up to a better quality of life. But we need your help!

Please make a special $35 membership gift so you can be a part of this vital effort. 

With I-90 bisecting the Cascades ecosystem, animals are forced to risk a high-stakes crossing or else turn back, unable to reach the food, habitat or potential mates that might lie on the opposite side of the freeway.

Spearheaded by Conservation Northwest, the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition partners with the Washington State Department of Transportation to address what wildlife biologists call the “fracture zone” to habitat connectivity around I-90.

Together we’re securing wildlife crossings under and over the interstate, connecting key animal movement routes along a 15-mile stretch just east of Snoqualmie Pass. That helps people too, by reducing the risk of traumatic collisions with wildlife.

These crossings are just the start. We’re also conserving and restoring habitat in the area and using trail cameras and snow tracking to monitor the campaign’s success.

We can conserve wildlife and restore habitat while also improving the quality of life for people – from ensuring we have a healthy ecosystem that provides clean water to guaranteeing world class recreational opportunities in the wild.

But this work is only possible with the support of our generous members.

We’re also pursuing wildlife crossings along major roadways in other key areas across our region. I hope you will join Conservation Northwest today to ensure projects like this continue moving forward.


Julia Spencer